Where I Cannot – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannot

Video: segment of Lesmurdie Brook in the Mundy Regional Park, early winter flow.

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Lao Tzu

Where I Cannot

Redoubtable, the granite holds sway,
forcing me to wend my way transversely, 
finding paths of accomodation unlike

∼ the gentle brook who travels with ease ∽

Casting aside the rock as if butter,
shifting sand and tree alike,
smoothing paths where I cannot.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®

Note: The park name Mundy, commemorates a leader of the Beelu Aboriginal people at the time of white settlement, he was one of the most important and successful negotiators for Perth's Whadjuk community.


Filed under awareness, bush walking, Free Verse, life, nature, poem, quote

31 responses to “Where I Cannot – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannot

  1. Legend says that in the end Lao Tzu, saddened by the evil of men, set off into the desert on a water buffalo leaving civilization behind. When he arrived at the final gate at the great wall protecting the kingdom at Han Gu Pass, the gatekeeper persuaded him to record the principles of his philosophy for posterity, which resulted in the “Tao-Te Ching.” This ancient Chinese text is the world’s most translated classic next to the Bible.

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  2. That sound – so soothing. Oh to be as water.

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  3. Sadly I can’t access the video🙃

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


  4. Yea! I could see the video on my iPad, thanks! I forget it’s winter there.☺️

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  5. I love the butter line! 🧈


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  6. Have always loved your words!

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  7. We learn from nature, and this a lovely lesson taught by a gentle brook.

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  8. Beautiful place, with a strong flow and looks so clean. TTC V8 the ways of water, one of my favorites…

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  9. Wonderful insight. Good quote too.

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  10. I love the quote, your poem, and the video. They’re all very Zen, which I am not–although I aspire to be.

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  11. Yes. Very profound.

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  12. The quiet determination of flowing water. We’ve had rather too much of it at once, this past week as the Cape is battered by storms. It’s not called the Cape of Good Hope for nothing. ⛈🌧🌦

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  13. lync56

    I love it so true


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